Hi everyone, I’m Pam from Simple Details and am thrilled to be joining Rebekah’s team of holiday contributors. I love to share design, DIY projects, entertaining, and how I’ve incorporated my latest Craigslist scores. With Thanksgiving a couple weeks away I thought you might like my favorite do-ahead dessert – the best pie in a jar recipe – that’s always a hit. I think people like the fun presentation as much as the pie!
Pie in a Jar served in individual mini mason jars, aren’t they cute? The best part is you can make them ahead and freeze. I’m a fan of any shortcut I can get away with when preparing for Thanksgiving dinner BUT, I don’t want to sacrifice flavor. You can use your regular pie recipe and they’re just as delish! They take about an hour to cook, perfect for putting in the oven while you’re eating, or our family likes to bake them while we clean up the kitchen, wait a bit before dessert and then mess it all up again.I love that they go directly from freezer to oven, and can be served warm out of the oven. If you’re not hosting, they couldn’t be easier to take, just place in a small cooler bag and put in the freezer when you arrive.
I like setting up my bar cart for a festive dessert bar, but you could use any table, console, desk or portion of your counter, it doesn’t have to be set up in the dining room. Clip some pretty foliage from the yard, set out your dessert plates, clean napkins and coffee service (I do all of this set up the day before).
Pie in a Jar:
4 Ounce Mason Jars here
(I bought mine at my local Walmart $10.50/dozen)
Use your favorite homemade pie crust (or store bought if you prefer). Using a biscuit cutter, cut 2 x your quantity of pies (one for the bottom and one for the top). Press the bottom crust into the jar, and using extra crust press it up the sides. Don’t make it too thick.
Fill generously (keep in mind the fruit will shrink, so pack it full) with your favorite fruit pie filling recipe – we like apple. Top with the second crust and press edges with a fork to seal. Brush tops with melted butter and a sprinkle of sugar. No worries if you get carried away like I did.
Seal well with the lids and bands and freeze. When you’re ready to bake transfer to cookie sheet and remove lids. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 – 60 minutes. If not frozen baking time is 45 minutes.